The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is undergoing one of its most significant modernization efforts since the end of the Second World War. In just over one year, the Government of Canada has announced the procurement of 88 F-35 fighter jets, up to 16 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 11 MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, and 9 CC-330 Husky Multi-Role Tanker and Transport aircraft. These are historic additions to the RCAF fleet that will significantly enhance Canada’s military capabilities.
Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, participated in the Conference in Support of Ukraine hosted by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France.
In response to the Houthis' continued attacks against commercial and naval vessels transiting the Red Sea and surrounding waterways, today the militaries of the United States and United Kingdom, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, conducted an additional round of strikes against several targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.
Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, met virtually with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, Mexico’s Secretary of Defence (SEDENA), General Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, and Mexico’s Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR), Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán, for the fifth trilateral meeting of North American Defence Ministers (NADM).
The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore; James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre; Yvan Baker and community leaders will hold a media availability and announce additional support to Ukraine.
Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, announced that Canadian Armed Forces members deployed to NATO’s Canada-led Battle Group in Latvia will soon have two new defensive capabilities that are being acquired on an urgent basis.